Virginia Senate Passes Bill Reclassifying Assault of a Police Officer as a Misdemeanor, Removing Mandatory Minimum
On Wednesday, the Virginia State Senate passed a bill reclassifying the assault of a law enforcement officer as a misdemeanor.
The bill, Senate Bill 5032, would also remove the mandatory six-month minimum prison sentence that currently comes with the crime.
A summary of the bill, via NBC 10 local news, is below:
[The bill] [E]liminates the mandatory minimum term of confinement for an assault and battery committed against a judge; magistrate; law-enforcement officer; correctional officer; person directly involved in the care, treatment, or supervision of inmates; firefighter; or volunteer firefighter or any emergency medical services personnel and provides that such crime can no longer be committed as a simple assault and must result in a bodily injury.
Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) put it well when he reacted to the bill via Twitter:
And it's not just the police. The bill reduces penalties for assaults against judges, firefighters, EMS personnel, and more!
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) August 27, 2020
The backlash to this will continue to be fierce, as it should be. This is just another example of how the Left wants nothing but to tear the system of American law and order down, in order to sow chaos and grab more power.